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San Jose State University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on San Jose State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is San Jose State University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

San Jose State University was awarded 174 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked San Jose State as #530 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 116 colleges in California, San Jose State is ranked at #48.

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Is It Hard to Get Into San Jose State?

Acceptance Rate

San Jose State University has an acceptance rate of 67%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for San Jose State.

Average Test Scores

About 86% of students accepted to San Jose State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 600. Math scores were between 500 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for San Jose State University  ( 500 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for San Jose State University  ( 500 to 610 )
San Jose State received ACT scores from 30% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for San Jose State University  ( 19 to 26 )

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San Jose State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At San Jose State University, the student to faculty ratio is 27 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at San Jose State University is 42%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  42 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at San Jose State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 87% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like San Jose State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at San Jose State is 9%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  9 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at San Jose State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 27,778 undergraduates at San Jose State with 23,097 being full-time and 4,681 being part-time.

San Jose State Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 86.99 out of 100, San Jose State is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  86.99 out of 100
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How Much Does San Jose State University Cost?

The overall average net price of San Jose State is $15,270. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for San Jose State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,033 $12,456 $16,690 $20,625 $23,545

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of San Jose State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At San Jose State, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $5,680 a year. That adds up to $22,720 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at San Jose State is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do San Jose State Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from San Jose State make around $56,100 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future San Jose State graduates since it is 41% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at San Jose State University make the most money.

Location of San Jose State University

San Jose State University is a public institution situated in San Jose, California. San Jose is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of San Jose State University

Contact details for San Jose State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0001
Phone: 408-924-1000

San Jose State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 90 majors graduated from San Jose State University. Of these students, 6,826 received undergraduate degrees and 2,845 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 1,634 $47,700
General Psychology 418 $35,100
Fine & Studio Arts 341 $29,900
Computer Engineering 252 $78,500
Criminal Justice & Corrections 239 $36,900
Communication & Media Studies 236 $39,900
Public Health 218 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 193 NA
Health & Physical Education 188 $37,600
Computer Science 188 $75,000

Learn more about the majors offered at San Jose State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at San Jose State

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 10,747 students took at least one online class at San Jose State University. This is an increase from the 10,125 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 10,747 2,633
2016-2017 10,125 2,505
2015-2016 6,947 593
2014-2015 6,426 517
2013-2014 1,656 69

Learn more about online learning at San Jose State University.

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